CUTTING 300 calories a day can protect your heart and cut the risk of cancer — even in the healthy.
Scientists say a small reduction in the food you eat boosts levels of “good” cholesterol and reduces blood pressure.
Lead author William Kraus said: “There’s something about calorific restriction, some mechanism we don’t yet understand, that result in these improvements.”
The team at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, US, studied 218 adults under 50. They were asked to cut their daily calorie intake by 25 per cent for two years.
The average reduction was actually 12 per cent and led to a ten per cent weight loss.
But subjects showed a fall in a biomarker indicating inflammation linked to heart disease, cancer and dementia.
Professor Kraus said cutting down on “little indiscretions” could reduce the health burden.